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September 2012

Lancaster Steiner School celebrates 10th Anniversary

Lancaster Steiner School celebrates its 10th anniversary this October, since moving to its Lune Road site from Roeburndale in 2002. Sporting a new look, the School will be holding an Open Day on Friday 26th October, between 2 – 4.00 pm. This summer, parents and staff re-decorated the school under the supervision of parent and interior designer Heidi Bairner.

Concrete slabs stolen from Lancaster city centre

Police are appealing for witnesses after 30 concrete slabs worth around £500 were stolen from outside Lancaster Auction Mart. The offence took place sometime between 4.30pm on Wednesday 26th September and 7.30am the following morning.

Clairvoyant Sean Roper at the Platform

Clairvoyant Sean Roper will be bringing his skills as a medium to the Platform on Thursday 11th October. Widely regarded as the UK's best up-and-coming psychic, Sean is originally from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Sean has been a clairvoyant for around ten years and has an ever growing fan base.

Free Physics lectures at the Storey

The public is being invited to a series of free science lectures in Lancaster city centre from 9th October, given by physicists from Lancaster University’s world-ranking department. Entitled 'Making Waves', the series of six lectures will showcase the cutting edge research that takes place in the UK's top-rated physics department.

Robb Johnson headlines major anti-cuts concert at The Yorkie

This Saturday at Lancaster's Yorkshire House (Sept 29th), don't miss a night of anti cuts folk featuring Robb Johnson, Chris Butler and Jezabellezza. The Guardian describes Robb Johnson "as as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today".

Local charity wins National Diversity Award

Congratulations are the order of the day to Morecambe-based Disability Online, who have won a National Diversity Award for their work helping local people with issues ranging from benefits advice, appeals, hate crime and access issues.

Lancaster Arts City preps for launch

Chameleon Company who will bring Push to Lancaster Market Square on Friday 5th October. Photo: Brian Slater Lancaster Arts City will be launched next Friday (5th October) with the first in a series of special monthly events showcasing the variety of cultural activities on offer across the district.

Dukes nabs Nobby Clark's Broadsides photos for new exhibition

20 years of the acclaimed Northern Broadsides Theatre Company is captured on camera in a new exhibition at The Dukes this October. To mark Northern Broadsides milestone and their visit to the Lancaster theatre with their production of A Government Inspector, a special photographic exhibition takes place in The Dukes gallery.

Planned council tax benefits cuts attack on 'working poor'

Gina DowdingLancaster Green Party co-ordinator Gina Dowding, has called for Council Tax discounts on empty and second homes to be scrapped to help make up the shortfall in Government grant reduction for Council Tax benefits.

Lancashire Police scoop prestigious diversity award

Lancashire Police has scooped a prestigious award which celebrates diversity in the workplace and the community. The Constabulary was presented with first prize in the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) ‘Public Sector Partner of the Year’ award during a special ceremony on Thursday 20 September.

Council launches Housing Needs survey

Lancaster City Council is launching a public consultation on new planning guidance for the district for new private housing. Views are being sought on the Draft Meeting Housing Needs Supplementary Planning Document. The document has been prepared to support and guide proposals for new housing so that they address the district’s housing needs.

Duo set to celebrate Neil Young at The Gillow

The Duo will be performing this Thursday, 27th September, in The Robert Gillow, Lancaster. Amongst other things we will present a special Harvest Festival. It's 40 years since the mighty Neil Young released the album Harvest and the band will mark this by playing half of it on Thursday.

Is 'Vertigo' really the greatest film ever made?

Make up your own mind whether Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is the greatest film ever made when it’s screened at The Dukes cinema in Lancaster on Sunday 7th October. The Hitchcock classic has recently replaced Citizen Kane which had a 50-year reign at the top of a poll of the world’s leading film critics and directors taken every ten years by Sight and Sound magazine.

Appeal for Skerton man wanted on prison recall

Police are appealing for information about a Lancaster man who is wanted on prison recall. Gary Hall, 25, who is previously of Aldrens Lane in Lancaster, was sentenced to 14 months in February 2012 at Preston Crown Court for an assault which happened on Alexandra Road in Morecambe on 14th August 2011.

Appeal after 76-year-old woman robbed in Morecambe

Kilnbank Avenue, Morecambe. Image: Google (Updated 26/9/12): Police are appealing for information after a senior citizen was attacked and robbed as she walked home through Morecambe at the weekend. At approximately 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon (22nd September 2012) the 76-year-old lady was walking along the pathway by Kilnbank Avenue in Morecambe when she was approached from behind by two men.

Police public counters set to close, but service will be better, Lancashire Constabulary claims

Members of the public who need to visit a Police Station front counter to make an enquiry can look forward to a better quality of service from 1st October, according to Lancashire Constabulary. 14 front counters will close but the 24 remaining will offer more consistent opening hours and a wider range of services.

Celebrating Older People's Week

Local charity Age Lancashire is teaming up with students from Lancaster and Morecambe College to provide an afternoon of fun, exercise, activities and chat in Skerton, in celebration of Older People’s Week in October. "Celebrating Older People" will take place at Father’s House, Owen Road, Skerton from 1.00pm – 3.00pm on Wednesday 3rd October.

Penny Street improvement work to begin in 2013

Penny Street photographed in mid-2011 - but the pavements have not changed since. Improvements are on their way at last(Updated 25/9/12): Work to improve Lancaster's Penny Street will begin in 2013, the City Council has revealed.

City Council welcomes Duchy's consultation plans on Lancaster Castle's future

Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council have welcomed the Duchy of Lancaster's announced public consultation on plans for Lancaster Castle.

Will You Catch the Afrovibe?

Out of South Africa and in to Lancaster’s Dukes theatre comes a festival guaranteed to banish the autumn blues this October. Afrovibes will transform The Dukes into a little South Africa from 1st - 6th October, with the very best contemporary theatre, dance, music, film and spoken word from South Africa.